Here at Mekon we have decades of real-word experience in the tools and technologies we train on. Here are some top hints and tips to help you make the best use of your training experience:
1. Do any pre-work
Many training programs include work to complete before attending the first session. This will really help to kick-start your understanding of the topic you will be studying.
2. Reflect on what you’d like to gain from the training experience
Think about what you want to take away from the training. Is it an improved skill? Is it a greater sense of confidence about a certain aspect of your job? Think beyond the learning objectives, too: perhaps you’d like to build your network with key contacts in a new topic area outside your current work group.
3. Generate specific questions about the training topic
What would you like to know more about? What are you unclear about? Where would you like the training to focus? If you can share these with the trainer in advance of the program, all the better. He or she may be able to tailor the training to your concerns, or at least make sure that these are covered.
4. Know your learning style (http://blog.visme.co/8-learning-styles/)
Do you know your preferred learning style? How can you apply this to your training? For example, if you are by preference a visual learner, make sure you choose a seat where you can see the trainer, screen, and any visuals. It might even help to share this information with your trainer in advance.
5. Reflect on your learning
Any training should include a structured opportunity to reflect on what you are learning. Take time, at breaks or at the end of the training day, to reflect. Questions to consider are:
- What have I heard, seen, or learned today?
- How does this connect with or relate to my work?
- What can I do differently when I go back to work?
6. Develop a post-training action plan
A good training program should include structured time to develop a plan for how you will integrate and apply your learning into your everyday work after the course is over. It could include points such as:
- My top take-awaysfrom the course
- Specific actions I will takein the next x weeks to try out the new skills
- Obstacles that might keep me from doing this
- Strategiesto get around obstacles
7. Pair up with peers to support your learning
Online forums can be great for this.
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